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    musicgold is offline Senior Member
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    Default Role of a phrase

    Hi,

    Is the bold phrase in the following sentence acts in an adjective or adverb role?
    Also I think the phrase ‘ recording his second-best…..McCain’ acts in an adverb role. Is that correct?

    Senator Barack Obama raised $52 million in June, his campaign announced Thursday, recording his second-best fund-raising month of the year through an aggressive mix of small and large contributions that produced more than twice the amount raised by Senator John McCain.

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    Default Re: Role of a phrase

    > adjective or adverb role?

    Adverb: it modifies "raised." Think of recasting the sentence with a relative clause: "Obama's campaign announced Thursday that he raised $52 million in June, recording..."

    > Also I think the phrase ‘ recording his second-best…..McCain’ acts
    > in an adverb role. Is that correct?


    Yes.


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    Default Re: Role of a phrase

    eccampbell,

    Thanks.

    1. Is there any test that one can apply to decide whether a phrase is acting as an adverb or as an adjective?

    2. I remeber reading somewhere that appositives, adverbial and adjectival phrases should be placed in a sentence as close as possible to the part they are explaining. I tried googleing for that but couldn't find it.
    Is that correct? If possible can you point me to a source explaining that?

    Thanks again,

    MG.

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